Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Fibromyalgia Symptoms
The main symptom of fibromyalgia is aching pain throughout the majority of your body, as well as deep muscle pain, fatigue, sleeplessness and painful tender points. Many people also have coexisting conditions such as depression, stress and anxiety disorders due to the chronic condition.

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    As a rule, doctors suspect fibromyalgia only if pain is present on both the left and right sides of the bodies and above and below the waist. Fibromyalgia pain is usually accompanied by other symptoms, such as insomnia and fatigue. If you have pain on one side of your body, see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis.
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    Can the change of seasons or the weather impact my fibromyalgia symptoms?
    For some, weather or changes in seasons can make a big difference in fibromyalgia symptoms; sometimes cold, rainy weather can worsen symptoms. Watch as family medicine physician Jennifer Caudle, DO, explains how weather can impact fibromyalgia.
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    Heightened muscle tenderness is a common symptom of fibromyalgia. If you have fibromyalgia, even a light touch can cause intense pain at sensitive areas known as tender points. These tender points usually occur in pairs on the right and left side of the body, and above and below the waist. However, a doctor may diagnose fibromyalgia based on other symptoms, such as chronic pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and depression.
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    Trigger points might be "active" or "latent." An active trigger point is painful even when no pressure is applied to it, and the pain may limit the use of the muscle, leading to weakness and decreased range of motion. A latent trigger point does not cause pain during daily activities, but it will feel sore when pressure is applied to it, and may become activated if the muscle is injured.

    Doctors aren't sure what causes trigger points. They may result from a single serious injury to a muscle or from repetitive minor injuries to a muscle area. Other possible causes of trigger points include poor posture, a vitamin deficiency, joint problems or maintaining an awkward body position. Trigger points are also common symptoms in people who have a condition called chronic myofascial pain (CMP), a neuromuscular disorder that affects the muscles and the tissue surrounding them (fascia).

    Exercise, stress relief and over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help relieve pain and inflammation from trigger points. If those measures don't work, a doctor can sometimes inject a pain reliever, a water solution or a corticosteroid directly into the trigger point. Botulinum toxin is also sometimes used for trigger point injections. Sometimes simply inserting a needle into a trigger point without injecting medicine into it can break the pain cycle and bring relief.
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    It is unknown whether men and women with fibromyalgia have the same symptoms. According to a 2001 review of the research literature in Current Rheumatology Reports, the ratio of women to men with fibromyalgia is 9 to 1. So while more women are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it may be because women tend to go to the doctor more frequently. One study in the Journal of Rheumatology reported that men with fibromyalgia have milder symptoms than women due to fewer trigger points and less fatigue. Yet, another report contradicted these findings. No matter what your gender, it's important to see your doctor about any symptoms of chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and depression. There is help and hope for people with fibromyalgia, but your doctor holds the key to making the accurate diagnosis and prescribing effective treatment.
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    People with fibromyalgia feel sensations of pain all over the body - in the stomach, arms, legs, tendons, muscles and tissues - places that normally would not bother someone else. This pain can come from normal pressure on the joints or from everyday stretching of muscles and tendons. So for people with fibromyalgia, a stretch is not just a stretch. It is a painful experience. Pressure is not just pressure; it’s pain. Cold water is not just cold; it’s painful. Even moving their bowels to pass stools can be painful. If you have fibromyalgia, it's important to understand that pain doesn't mean there's something wrong with the part of your body that hurts. Rather, it means your central nervous system is hypersensitive to pain sensations.
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    Be sure your doctor understands your full range of fibromyalgia symptoms. Although many, most, or all of them may be part of your fibromyalgia, many of the same difficulties can occur with other health conditions.

    It's important to discuss each of the symptoms you experience with your doctor, for two reasons. First, although each of these symptoms is common in fibromyalgia, each can also occur as the result of other medical conditions. Your doctor may refer to these symptoms as non-specific, meaning that you can experience them with fibromyalgia, as well as with a wide variety of other health conditions. Therefore, it's important to make sure you don't have another illness before treating your symptoms as part of fibromyalgia. Second, your doctor will want to tailor your individual fibromyalgia treatment to target your most severe symptoms. Some treatments help a broad range of fibromyalgia symptoms; others are more effective for individual symptoms.
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    Fibromyalgia symptoms include deep muscle pain, fatigue, sleeplessness, and painful trigger points. Most people with fibromyalgia experience widespread pain - in their back, neck, arms, and legs. They also have many tender or trigger points that are very painful to the touch. Other common symptoms of fibromyalgia can include anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, difficulty in concentration or "fibro fog," headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, restless leg syndrome (RLS), and jaw pain or TMJ.
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    Although nerve pain and central sensitization are also present in fibromyalgia, and in general can be triggered by most causes of chronic pain, the initial and most prominent pain issue is muscle pain. Your body's energy crisis causes your muscles to shorten throughout your body, and to get locked in the shortened position (think writer’s cramp or rigor mortis). This results in painful trigger points, which feel like tender marbles in your muscles. When energy production is restored, the muscles release and the pain decreases and often goes away.

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    While acute pain lasts for a few hours or days, fibromyalgia pain is chronic, or long-term, and lasts for months to years. In fact, widespread body pain and deep muscle pain are the main symptoms of fibromyalgia. People with fibromyalgia describe the pain as stabbing, shooting, throbbing, and aching. Some people with fibromyalgia have tingling and numbness throughout the body, along with the deep muscle pain. Others with fibromyalgia may have more pain in the morning. Pain may also worsen with weather changes, poor sleep, too much exercise, not enough exercise, and chronic emotional stress.
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